Our business approach is to contribute to the sustainable development of our business by providing economic value to our customers and shareholders, whilst taking care of our staff and crew, managing our impact on the environment and contributing to the upliftment of the communities in which we operate.
Our modern, fuel-efficient fleet is manned by dedicated and loyal seafarers who complement our skilled and experienced shoreside staff enabling Grindrod Shipping to out-perform major shipping indices.
We focus on the safety of our crew, developing our people, contributing towards the welfare of communities with whom our business engages and preserving the environment in which we operate.
We are proud to have maintained world-class safety achievements and believe this is due to continued training and awareness campaigns. At the 2017 MPA Seminar for Shipowners Grindrod Shipping received an award for Excellence in Manpower Training and Development, in recognition of our contribution to the development of maritime manpower in Singapore through its nurturing, grooming and training commitments.
It is our goal to conitinue to invest in a modern, eco-friendly fleet, built by reputable ship-builders. We were very proud to receive an award at the 2017 MPA Seminar for Shipowners – the Green Ship Award in respect of our bulk carrier IVS Swinley Forest. We ensure that our fleet complies with stringent environmental requirements set down by the IMO and the governments of jurisdictions in which we trade. Where possible we strive to exceed those requirements. We have reduced our fuel consumption and carbon footprint and have completed the installation of variable frequency drives on a number of vessels in the fleet with the aim of further increasing the energy efficiency of the fleet. We have introduced a programme of reducing the use of plastics on board our vessels and in particular aim to eliminate the use of plastic bottles across the fleet.
We will continue to seek out and invest in initiatives that reduce the environmental impact of the fleet.